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​​​​​​​A neo-fascist coup is in the making in US

The American flag flies at half-mast in honor of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as US President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Cecil Airport on September 24, 2020, in Jacksonville, Florida. (AFP photo)

By Myles Hoenig

During the final days of Watergate and Nixon’s demise, we were afraid. We didn’t know what he would do. Was Alexander Haig going to stage a coup? Would he be impeached and removed? Would he send troops abroad to take the focus off of his criminality? We just didn’t know. But today it’s far different. We know what Trump might do and it’s terrifying.

We’ve had our moments of right wing authoritarian actions by the federal government. During WW1 anti-war activists, including religious pacifists, were jailed.  The Palmer raids of 1919-1920  targeted left activists and anyone suspected of being a Red. J Edgar Hoover’s COINTELPRO illegally persecuted, and murdered, left activists, especially the Black Panthers. And throughout all this time, American police forces maintained a reign of terror in black and activist communities, and often with impunity, as the latest murder du jour attests to.

President Trump is banking on the strength of his white supremacist thugs, including many in the police, and his frightened and submissive Republican members of Congress, to do what has never been close to accomplishing, a neo-fascist coup in the US. It has been attempted in the past when President Bush’s grandfather Prescott Bush and others on Wall Street attempted a fascist coup against President Roosevelt but that was exposed by the heroics of General Smedley Butler, yet rarely makes it into the history books.

Trump boldly says that he will not abide by the results of the November election if it goes against him. He uses all kinds of lies, conspiracy theories, and outright intimidation to move a resolution in his direction and at the expense of democracy itself. His campaign team is working with friendly state legislatures to annul the voice of the people, claiming that the mail-in ballots are fraudulent, being that most of them would be from Democrats, as they are more likely NOT to stand in line to vote during a pandemic. He is choosing a Supreme Court Justice to assure a win in the Supreme Court as it will likely end up there. And he is having his goons and right wing militias fan out all over the country during the balloting to intimidate mostly people of color as they vote.

We are in a nightmarish situation but a situation created by the 2-party system that gave us Trump. After he’s gone, if he goes, conditions will remain for another Trump.

Myles Hoenig is a political analyst in Baltimore, Maryland. He ran for Congress in 2016 as a Green Party candidate. He recorded this article for Press TV website.

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